|Keel-billed Toucan NOT taken in the wild but at the zoo. It's captive and does not count. But gods it's a gorgeous bird! To find this bird, go to Palenque, Chiapas.|
As we flew out into the night skies above Mexico City, I felt homesick for all my friends who live in the surrounding states. As a younger man, I rented an apartment during a summer in Mexico City, partied in amazing locales, studied at the university in Guadalajara, spent many vacations in Puebla and Tlaxcala, ate at great restaurants and discovered the wonders and beauty of Mexican culture.
Our destination was Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. This is a state I have never visited before so it was on the top of my list of places to explore. Instead of cultural study, as I usually do, I focused solely on the wildlife and natural parks found around the area.
|Plain Chachalaca chick|
These birds were common and observed on many of our treks around Chiapas.
I think the iguana above was part of the zoo display, but I really don't know. These large reptiles hang out in many different locations. On another trek we spotted two of these large lizards in the wild at a local park.
|Fatima Peacock (Anartia fatima)|
|Female Great Curassow with chick|
|Male Great Curassow versus human butt|
Finally today folks, I want to share MY bird of the day along with the endemic black Agouti from the photo below. I was SO excited to finally see the skittish White-tipped Dove out in the open. These birds are often heard but rarely seen. It was a bird I already had on my life list but one without photo documentation. It appears that several zoo scraps were enticing enough to lure a couple of these secretive birds from the dark forest.
|White-tipped Dove and Agouti|
My journeys will continue over the next several weeks. I'll be sharing thoughts on the pros and cons of guided tours, listers, photography, and of course focusing on some of the most amazing places we stopped to bird. I'll also be featuring beautiful butterflies in several of my posts from Chiapas. So let's get this party started. Until next time friends.......